Germany gives Rs 6.5 m to empower grassroots projects
The German embassy funded several micro-projects worth Rs 6.5 million
to uplift the livelihoods of people in different parts of the island.
German ambassador Jens Ploetner hands over funds for the
The annual micro projects scheme of the German Foreign office aims to
empower grassroots organisations that work for the betterment of local
The first project worth Rs 2.7 million focuses on constructing a
village road in Sagamam, near Akkaraipattu. This road will help 440
farming families to easily access over 1,000 acres of paddy land that
they are cultivating near the Sagamam tank.
“Most of these farmers were displaced during the height of the
conflict in the East,” said M M M Basheeer, project co-ordinator from
the Eastern Rehabilitation Relief Organization (ERRO Lanka), a community
based organisation which has undertaken to implement this project.
The second project aims to build a water supply system for Peenkanda
Tamil Vidyala, a plantation sector school in Ratnapura.
The school with classes from grade 1 to 9, has about 150 students. At
present their only source of water at school is a makeshift pipe, that
taps into a small stream on a nearby hill.
“Many schools in the Ratnapura area are affected by the lack of
access to water,” said Charles M Ravie, the school’s principal. “Most of
our students’ parents work in tea and rubber plantations. Together, we
have created a small community organisation to develop our school.” The
project worth Rs 1.3 million will help create a water storage tank and a
distribution pipeline that would give clean drinking water for the
The next project also aims at supporting education. But it targets
conflict affected children in Kannahipuram, a village located 30 kms
This village has 375 families. There are about 20 children who have
lost their parents and are being looked after by the grandparents. One
in 10 families are headed by a war widow.
The German Micro project scheme is supporting the National Christian
Council to create a child friendly space, where the children can get
extra support with their homework. The centre also has sport facilities.
The project worth Rs 1.2 million also creates a small story book
library and other learning related activities like story telling.
The final projects worth Rs 1.2 million aims to provide livelihood
support for 20 war affected women in Mannar by helping them setup
“While Germany has funded many large infrastructure development
projects in Sri Lanka, we change one life at a time, through our Micro
project scheme,” said German ambassador Jens Ploetner.
“Real change comes when you empower individuals and families and help
them build better lives and better communities.”